Goldthread Launches to Explore Food, Travel and Culture of China via Social Media New Multimedia Platform Helps Millennials and Generation Z Discover How China Talks, Eats, and Lives

NEW YORK and HONG KONG, June 19, 2018 — Goldthread, an English-language content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China, announced its launch today. Available across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram with a standalone website coming later this year, Goldthread will explore a different theme each month through videos and articles offering immersive experiences into life in China.

To heat things up, the first month’s theme will focus on spicy food in China. From exploring types of hot pot to the most popular chili plant in Sichuan, Goldthread will examine how spicy flavors have made a lasting impact on China’s culture and cuisine.

“Together with our audience, Goldthread will explore China through nuanced and thoughtful stories on food, travel and culture,” said Victoria Ho, Executive Producer at Goldthread. “Goldthread is for young, globally-curious people who want to discover China’s untold cultural stories.

Ho, who launched Mashable Asia in 2015, is leading the Goldthread team. Dolly Li, leading content direction, is a former producer at AJ+ who recently won a regional Emmy for a docu-series on Chinese food in America.

“This is such a fascinating time to be covering Chinese culture and identity as a video journalist. We have assembled a team of international reporters and artists at Goldthread who grew up speaking many dialects of Chinese, which gives us access to previously unheard stories,” said Dolly Li. “Many of us moved to Hong Kong from other parts of the globe for this chance to tell these stories from the places that have shaped our lives, our families, and our heritage.”

The Goldthread team is a group of experienced creatives who are curious about China and are inviting their audience along for the journey. Goldthread is incubated in Hong Kong by the South China Morning Post, a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century.

ABOUT GOLDTHREAD
Goldthread is a social first, video-driven platform created for digital explorers, the globally curious, and wanderlusters. We weave the untold stories of Chinese people, places, food and culture from our journeys. We are relentless in our search for the next amazing bite and unforgettable experience.

CONTACT
Heather Grizzle, Causeway Strategies
heather@causewaystrategies.com

China and Southeast Asia: Building Cooperation, Managing Complexities – SCMP hosts flagship China Conference in Kuala Lumpur

11 October, 2018 Kuala Lumpur — From 10-11 October, South China Morning Post brought together business leaders, government officials and leading experts at its China Conference in Kuala Lumpur to examine important issues for the region.

The two-day conference welcomed over 1,000 corporate leaders and policymakers, and over 65 prominent speakers from China, Southeast Asia and beyond, for a frank and forward-looking series of discussions about how to create mutually beneficial policies. A series of high-level keynote speeches provided government perspectives, while break-out sessions delved into business and investment opportunities in the infrastructure, finance, and tech sectors. Topics discussed ranged from AI’s influence to SEA business, the BRI ‘debt trap’, Islamic financing, cashless payments and many more.

With concerns rising over its trade war with the US, China appears to be strengthening its relationships throughout southeast Asia. The world’s second largest economy has become a key partner for Southeast Asia in trade, investment, and infrastructure development. Ties are poised to grow even stronger in the coming decade, as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and growing economy promise to have major implications for Asia.

In his opening remarks, Gary Liu, CEO, SCMP stressed that, “China can’t be truly examined without looking at Southeast Asia. Holding the China Conference in Kuala Lumpur reflects the central importance of Malaysia and the rise of ASEAN.”

While in discussion on economic ties between the two sides, C Y Leung, Vice Chairman, National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said, Economic integration or globalisation may have been put in reverse gear, and no vehicle in reverse gear can go far or fast. Protectionism for whatever purpose is misguided and will be short lived. Integration offers a better economic future.” .  

Jack Ma, co-founder of the Alibaba Group, joined the conference via live-video stating that “Entrepreneurs should have long-term vision, patience, and a willingness to learn. If you’re not optimistic, don’t be an entrepreneur.”

On building a stronger and sustainable tech ecosystem in the region, Quek Siu Rui, Co-founder and CEO of Carousell shared his thoughts, “There isn’t enough tech talent in the region. We need to have passionate, young, hungry people with huge potential, but you (also) need a few bar raisers to show them this is how you build… that balance of contributing to and developing that ecosystem.”

“We are at the most uncertain and risky moment in U.S. China relations in perhaps 30 years,” said Michael Crowley, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for POLITICO who was also the moderator for the panel discussion – Towards Safer Regional Security. “As a trade war emerges and top U.S. officials call for a stronger strategic response to China, it is crucial to have public conversations like the one SCMP hosted about potential economic and security consequences.”  

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs, Malaysia, closed the two-day conference by saying, “China’s commitment to peaceful development is absolutely crucial for the continued prosperity of the region. The region must remain a zone of peace, freedom and neutrality and must not be allowed to be militarised.”

Key Speakers included:

  • Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs, Malaysia
  • Hon. C Y Leung, Vice Chairman, National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference;
  • Yang Berhormat Datuk Norazman Bin Ayob, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Social Scientist and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General
  • Joe Tsai, Chairman, South China Morning Post Publishers and Executive Vice Chairman, Alibaba Group;
  • Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Bhd
  • Thomas G. Tsao,  Founding Partner, Gobi Partners
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Francis Yeoh Sock-ping, Executive Chairman, YTL Group of Companies
  • Alan Hellawell, Group Chief Strategy Officer, SEA Group
  • Steven Lam, Chief Executive Officer, GoGoVan
  • Dr Joseph Liow, Dean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies; Dean of College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, Nanyang Technological University

For more information about the conference, pleaser visit https://www.chinaconfsea.scmp.com/.

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel, and culture in China.

CONTACT

For further information please contact:

communications@scmp.com

SCMP APPOINTS GARY LIU AS NEW CEO
南華早報委任劉可瑞為新任行政總裁

HONG KONG, 23 November 2016 – South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Asia’s leading media company, today announced the appointment of Mr Gary Liu as the incoming Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Mr Robin Hu, effective 3 January 2017. As previously announced, Mr Hu will step down from SCMP’s helm and continue to lend credence as a member of the SCMP Board of Directors.

Mr Liu’s appointment marks an important cornerstone for SCMP as his digital expertise and vision will lead SCMP to reach new heights in the global media marketplace. Under his direction, SCMP will leverage its acclaimed editorial strength to further expand the company’s news division, as well as its advertising, magazines, education & recruitment, events & conferences and contract printing businesses.


Mr Liu, 33, has helped shape the narrative of how media touches people’s lives in his previous capacities at notable digital pioneers in the US, including Digg, Spotify, Google, and AOL. He joins SCMP from his recent CEO position at Digg, a New York-based online content aggregator. He guided Digg’s product innovation in data-driven content curation, steering business operations and strategic development, among other elements of the company. He was Chief Operating Officer at Digg before becoming CEO in October 2015. Prior to joining Digg, he was Head of Labs at Spotify, the music technology platform, from November 2013 to February 2015, spearheading business strategy, incubation, industry intelligence and research. He also led Spotify’s advertising operations as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy for two years starting in November 2011. Before Spotify, Mr Liu oversaw sales and revenue strategies and operations in various roles at AOL, Clickable and Google from 2007 to 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and speaks English and Mandarin.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Gary as the next Chief Executive Officer of the SCMP. Our readers expect SCMP to maintain its editorial excellence while staying relevant in the face of technology disruption,” said Mr Joe Tsai, Chairman of the SCMP Board of Directors. “As an influencer and innovator in digital media and someone with roots in Greater China, Gary is the perfect fit to take SCMP’s vision – coverage of Greater China from an Asian perspective for a global audience – to the next level and show our readers the future of news in the age of mobile and social media.”

Mr Tsai continued, “Under Robin’s leadership, SCMP has transformed itself from a legacy newspaper to a respected digital media company, always staying true to its core values of quality, integrity and trust. I want to thank Robin for his five years of stewardship and look forward to his continued counsel as a board member of SCMP.”

Mr Hu, the incumbent SCMP CEO, said, “I’m delighted to hand over the baton to Gary, who brings world-class digital expertise, youthful energy and a grasp of the North American market, all of which are indispensable at this stage in SCMP’s journey. As the company navigates the complexities of digital transformation, I am confident that under Gary’s leadership, SCMP will become a global platform for serious debate on China, the biggest story of our lifetime.”

Mr Liu said, “I am delighted and honored to be the SCMP’s next CEO, joining a world-class senior team that will transform SCMP into a leading digital media and news company, while maintaining the paper’s legacy of journalistic excellence and independence. We are in a contentious media world where shifting consumer behaviors and platforms are redefining how news is reported, distributed, and discovered. It is both a grand challenge and an exceptional opportunity for the SCMP. I believe that the SCMP is the platform that will bring a balanced and nuanced understanding of Greater China to the world. I am excited to be part of defining how global citizens will learn about China in the future. I am thankful for Mr Hu, under whose leadership the company has continued to grow in influence and aspiration. And I am grateful to Mr Tsai and Mr Jack Ma [Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group] for the opportunity to steward this historic company.”

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南華早報委任劉可瑞為新任行政總裁

香港,2016年11月23日 – 亞洲首屈一指的傳媒集團南華早報出版有限公司今日宣佈,委任劉可瑞先生為行將上任的行政總裁,接替將卸任的胡以晨先生,任命將於2017年1月3日生效。早前公佈胡先生將卸任《南華早報》的管理職務,但將出任《南華早報》董事。

劉先生的委任對《南華早報》極具深遠意義。他將運用其專業數碼經驗及視野,帶領公司在全球媒體市場再闖高峰。在他的領導下,《南華早報》將發揮其編採實力,昂首向前,進一步拓展公司的新聞、廣告、雜誌、教育和招聘、活動和會議,以及合約印刷業務。

33歲的劉先生曾於Digg、 Spotify、 谷歌、Clickable及AOL等著名的美國數碼先驅企業任職,協助塑造媒體與公眾之間的互動關係。加入《南華早報》前,他在紐約的互聯網內容匯聚公司Digg擔任行政總裁,透過分析主導的方法集展內容,並統領業務運作和制訂策略等不同職務,不斷革新Digg的產品。於2015年10月獲委任為Digg的行政總裁之前,他負責營運總監一職。加入Digg前,他於2013年11月至2015年2月期間擔任音樂技術平台Spotify的技術發展研究室主管,負責業務策略、培育、行業情報和研究等工作。此外,自2011年11月起的兩年期間,他亦曾任Spotify全球廣告產品策略總監,管理廣告業務運作。加入Spotify前,劉先生在2007年至2011年間於AOL、Clickable及谷歌擔任不同職務,負責銷售及收益策略和業務營運。他擁有哈佛大學的經濟學士學位,能操流利英語及普通話。

《南華早報》董事會主席蔡崇信先生表示:「我們熱切歡迎劉先生出任《南華早報》 新任行政總裁。讀者期望《南華早報》 能保持卓越的編採實力之餘,亦能在日新月異的科技挑戰下繼續提供息息相關的新聞內容。《南華早報》的願景是以亞洲角度向全球報導大中華新聞,劉先生是最適當的人選。他能帶領《南華早報》在流動平台及社交媒體主導的新聞新時代再闖高峰。」

蔡先生續稱:「我們感謝在胡以晨先生五年來的領導下,《南華早報》從傳統報紙變為傲視同業的傳媒集團,並能堅守其高質素、誠信和值得信賴的核心價值觀。胡先生出任《南華早報》董事有助公司持續發展。」

《南華早報》現任行政總裁胡以晨先生表示:「能夠由劉先生接任行政總裁一職,我感到非常欣喜。他具備頂尖的數碼專業知識,而且充滿幹勁,對北美市場瞭如指掌,這些特點對現階段的《南華早報》來說確實不可多得。隨著集團逐步落實複雜的數碼改革計劃,我有信心在劉先生的領導下,《南華早報》將成為報道大中華新聞的全球權威平台,為讀者帶來這個時代最重要的消息。」

劉先生指出:「能夠成為《南華早報》的新任行政總裁,我深感榮幸。我期待加入這個精英匯聚的高級管理團隊,協助《南華早報》轉型為領先的數碼媒體和新聞企業,同時秉持其專業的編採傳統。面對爭論不斷的媒體市場,多變的消費者行為和資訊平台為報道、發放和發掘新聞的途徑賦予全新定義。對《南華早報》來說,這帶來艱巨的挑戰,亦潛在龐大的機遇。我相信《南華早報》能以平衡和深入的報道,協助全球認識大中華的實況,讓環球公民了解大中華的未來。對於這個任命,我感到非常興奮。我衷心感謝胡以晨先生的領導,使公司的影響力和發展前景與日俱增;我亦感謝蔡崇信先生和阿里巴巴集團執行主席馬雲的委任,讓我有機會領導這家歷史悠久的公司。」

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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, the South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 200 awards in 2015-16 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the company include the Sunday Morning Post, STYLE, Destination Macau, and The PEAK.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Décoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com.hk and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.

For further information please contact: communications@scmp.com


南華早報出版有限公司

南華早報出版有限公司為一立足於香港的亞洲首屈一指報章和雜誌發行商。作為公司的旗艦刊物,《南華早報 》是享譽國際的香港英文報章,讀者群包括香港最富裕和最有影響力的人士。

自1903年創辦以來,《南華早報 》贏得了香港、中國乃至全亞洲具權威、影響力和獨立報導的美譽。《南華早報 》通過報章、手機、平板電腦、scmp.com網站以及電子紙版等有效途徑,及以每日即時新聞、分析與見解、多媒體文章和互動論壇吸引世界各地讀者。《南華早報 》的編輯、市場營銷和技術支援的表現卓越,在2015-16年度榮獲逾200個獎項。公司的其他刊物包括《星期日南華早報》、STYLE、Destination Macau及The PEAK。

與Hearst建立合作夥伴關係後,SCMP Hearst出版香港版的Cosmopolitan、CosmoBride、Harper’s BAZAAR、Harper’s BAZAAR Art、Harper’s BAZAAR Bride、 Esquire、 ELLE、 ELLE Men、 ELLE Wedding、 ELLE Décoration和ELLE Accessories,及營運 Cosmopolitan.com.hk、Cosmogirl.com.hk、Harpersbazaar.com.hk、ELLE.com.hk 和EsquireHK.com等網站。

詳情請聯絡: communications@scmp.com



POP A CORK, POUR A GLASS & PARTY DOWN AT STARSTREET PRECINCT

HONG KONG, 29 September 2016 – Tickets to Starstreet Gourmet & Wine Walk, a highly anticipated fixture in Hong Kong’s leisure landscape, is open for sale now. Organised by Swire Properties Limited and powered by SCMP Marketing Solutions for seven years in a row, it looks set to bring to foodies and revelers a whole day of culinary delights and outdoor fun at the Starstreet Precinct, the area around Three Pacific Place in Wan Chai.

From 2-6pm on October 22, 2016 (Saturday), 33 F&B establishments and lifestyle boutiques – including Elephants Grounds, Giando and Maison es – will join hands to greet ticket holders in the colourfully-adorned Starstreet and turn the neighbourhood into a definitive gastronomic and lifestyle destination. On top of exquisite wine and savoury dishes, Starstreet Gourmet & Wine Walk will offer a new series of art-themed workshops such as a calligraphy demonstration by Stella Wong and Rena Lo, whose mastery of Chinese and Japanese-style calligraphy is awe-inspiring, and a workshop on creating terrariums – a “plant in a sealed jar” – by Puff Terrariums. At the Glass Senses Class, sponsored by Lucaris, visitors will learn how to appreciate wine through crystal glass; Mak’s Beer will demonstrate how they brew their signature craft beer; List Cup will demonstrate how to evaluate brewed coffee with coffee cupping procedures and offer complimentary ice-dripped coffee; and Lola’s Icepops will provide a complimentary handmade artisan ice lolly for each participant.

Starstreet Gourmet & Wine Walk will also offer plenty of fun and surprises. Visitors can look forward to mini game booths such as the popular Stand-a-bottle and Giant Plinko, the latter offering the grand prize of a travel voucher from Swire Travel and a semi-buffet dinner from EAST, Hong Kong. Two renowned local bands Dear Jane and Per Se will enliven the area with captivating live performances.

Visit events.scmp.com/starstreet to get hold of early bird tickets at HK$280 per person, on offer until September 29. Afterwards, the regular price will be HK$360 per person and HK$280 per person for group of four or more.

The following wining, dining and lifestyle outlets will open their doors to Starstreet Gourmet & Wine Walk ticket-holders:

Dining Lifestyle
caffè HABITŪ 45R
CASTELLO del VINO Bookazine
Ciacoe Club Monaco
Darcy & Liz Henry Cuir
Elephant Grounds Joineur
Giando Jouer (Patisserie)
Grappa’s Kapok (Sun Street)
Just Green Kapok (St. Francis Yard)
Le Garçon Saigon La La Curio
Maison es Maison Huit
Oolaa Petite Monocle
Pizza Express Spa L’OCCITANE
Plaza Mayor Spacio
SFS OVO home
Slim’s Vein
TED’s Lookout
 Woo Tung
 Yo Mama

The Starstreet Precinct, centred around Three Pacific Place and comprising mainly Star Street, Moon Street, Sun Street, and Wing Fung Street, is a destination for those who prefer unique lifestyle choices. Back in the 1900s, it was the location of Hong Kong Electric’s power plant in Wan Chai. Today, the precinct has evolved into an emerging dining area with strong artistic overtones, thanks to a group of creative talents, designers and free-thinking restaurateurs who have filled the area with cafes, restaurants, bars, galleries, florists and home design outlets. Together with a thoughtfully landscaped environment and a Three Pacific Place Link connecting the precinct to the rest of the Pacific Place complex, these shops have turned the area into a Hong Kong lifestyle community. For more information of Starstreet Precinct, please visit www.starstreet.com.hk.


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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, the South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 200 awards in 2015-16 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the company include the Sunday Morning Post, STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine and The List.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Décoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com.hk and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.

For further information please contact: communications@scmp.com



ENTERPRISING HK BRAND AWARDS 2016 LAUDS TOP HOMEGROWN BRAND CHAMPIONS

Hong Kong, 12 July, 2016 – Enterprising Hong Kong Brand Awards, organised by South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, has awarded 11 outstanding publicly-listed and privately-held enterprises in recognition of their brand excellence. Established in 2014, the Awards recalibrated its focus this year to celebrate homegrown enterprises which led the market with brilliance in developing and sustaining strong branding.

The Awards were supported by a number of leading business associations and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), which helped identify and select the following Enterprising Hong Kong Brand Awards 2016 winners:

  • Best HK Retail and Hospitality Brand (Publicly-listed) – Tsui Wah Restaurant
  • Best HK Retail and Hospitality Brand (Privately-held) – Arome Bakery
  • Best HK Professional Services Brand (Privately-held) – Hong Kong Airlines
  • Best HK ICT Brand (Publicly-listed) – 3 Hong Kong
  • Best HK ICT Brand (Privately-held) – Octopus Cards Limited
  • Best HK Healthcare Brand (Publicly-listed) – Bamboos Professional Nursing Services
  • Best HK Healthcare Brand (Privately-held) – Tung Fong Hung
  • Best HK Trading and Storage Brand (Privately-held) – 4M
  • Best HK Property Brand (Privately-held) – D2 Place

In addition, the Awards conferred commendations to:

  • Best HK Professional Services Brand (Publicly-listed) (Commendation) – sky100
  • Best HK Property Brand (Publicly-listed) (Commendation) – Link REIT

Mr Robin Hu, Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post Publishers, remarked: “Companies honored by Enterprising Hong Kong Brand Awards had to demonstrate best-of-breed business strategy and breakthrough branding initiatives. The winners not only emerged as the top contender from a group of high achieving peers, they also represent the brightest business minds in our city.”

Caption: The Enterprising Hong Kong Brand Awards 2016 winners include (front row, from left) Mr Jacky Kwan, Chairman of Bamboos Professional Nursing Services; Mr Alfred Wong, Area Manager of Tung Fong Hung; Mr Sammy Kam, Technical Director of Octopus Cards Ltd.; Ms Winnie Ho, Head of Branding and Marketing Communications of 3 Hong Kong; Ms Annis Chung, Administrative Officer of 4M; Mr Patrick So, General Manager of Arome Bakery HK Co Ltd.; Mr Leslie Fok, Marketing Director, D2 Place; Mr Christopher Birt, General Manager, Inflight Services of Hong Kong Airlines. The Awards are supported by an esteemed judging panel including (back row, from left) Mr Gordon Lo, Director, Business Management of Hong Kong Productivity Council; Ms Enoch Yiu, Chief Reporter of the South China Morning Post; Mrs Christine Ip, Managing Director and CEO, Greater China of United Overseas Bank Limited; Professor Angelina Yuen, Vice President (Student and Global Affairs) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Mr Robin Hu, Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post Publishers; Mr Raymond Ho, Chairman of The Hong Kong Advertisers Association; Mr Eric Yim, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries; Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre; Mr Spencer Wong, Chairman of The Association of Accredited Advertising Agency of Hong Kong and Mr Stephen Liang, Director of Product Promotion of Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, the South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 200 awards in 2015-16 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the company include the Sunday Morning Post, Nanzao.com (南早.com), Nanzaozhinan.com (南早香港指南.com), STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine and The List.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Décoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com.hk and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.

For further information please contact: communications@scmp.com

SCMP NETS 11 MEDIA CONVERGENCE AWARDS

HONG KONG, 17 May 2016 – At the latest Media Convergence Awards 2015, South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Asia’s leading media company, scored a windfall with 11 awards conferred to the South China Morning Post and ELLE. The SCMP snatched seven Golds, including the coveted Gold in Overall Excellence, marking the second time that the SCMP has netted this accolade.

Organised by the Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing, the Awards celebrate media organisations which demonstrate excellence in converging tradition media in the digital realm. Since the Awards were established in 2012, South China Morning Post Publishers Limited has amassed over 40 awards, solidifying its effort in digital transformation in its newspaper and magazine portfolios.

“These accolades are welcome recognitions of the digital-first strategy that we have put in place for the past several years,” said Ms Elsie Cheung, Chief Operating Officer of South China Morning Post Publishers. “Being an established newspaper with 113 years of history, the SCMP has considerable and quality news content that our teams have worked tirelessly to share with readers through digital platforms. Our digital products, such as our latest mobile app and the mobile-optimised edition of scmp.com, are making important inroads to expand our readership locally as well as globally. Going forward, we are committed to innovating and strengthening our digital products, so as to create a seamless experience for our readers.”

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited’s wins at the Media Convergence Awards 2015 are:

Categories
Awards
The South China Morning Post
Overall Excellence
Gold
Newspaper Category (Overall)
Gold
Newspaper Category (Mobile App)
Gold
Newspaper Category (Social Media)
Gold
Newspaper Category (Website)
Gold
Overall Media (Mobile)
Gold
Overall Media (Website)
Gold
Overall Media (Social Media)
Bronze
Top 10 Media
One of Top 10
ELLE
Monthly Magazine Category (Social Media)
Silver
Monthly Magazine Category (Website)
Silver

Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing organises the Media Convergence Awards with an aim to award outstanding TV broadcasters, radio operators, magazine and newspaper publishers based on innovation and creativity in use of ICT, site or app usability for media content consumption, good use of digital marketing to facilitate business expansion, enhancements and other ancillary factors including overall look and feel, design of site/app, cross media compatibility. Shortlisting and judging were based on research by supporting institutions and a judging panel consisting of industry experts.

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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, the South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 160 awards in 2015-16 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the company include the Sunday Morning Post, Nanzao.com (南早.com), Nanzaozhinan.com (南早香港指南.com), STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine and The List.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Décoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com.hk and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.

For further information please contact: communications@scmp.com

Experts Will Gather Again To Discuss Economic Issues In Pearl River Delta

Hong Kong, October 7, 2003 – The Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hon Henry Tang, will deliver a luncheon keynote at a conference entitled "The Second Pearl River Delta Conference: Charging Ahead to a New Pearl River Super Zone" on CEPA and PRD. The luncheon is also part of HKGCC distinguished speakers series luncheon.

The conference will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 17, 2003 from 9:00am – 6:05pm. The one-day conference will feature policy makers, business people, and opinion shapers in a dialogue-oriented forum on issues from institutional restructuring and transformation to building and managing the infrastructure needed to ease the flow of people, goods and services in the region.

Other speakers include Publisher, South China Morning Post Mr. Tad Beczak; Chairman, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Mr. Anthony Nightingale; Chairman, Hopewell Holdings Sir Gordon Wu; Group Managing Director, CLP Holdings Mr. Andrew Brandler; Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics and Director of Hong Kong Centre of Economic Research, University of Hong Kong Prof Richard Wong; Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Mr. Andy Xie; Chief Operating Officer, PCCW Mr. Mike Butcher; Managing Director, Modern Terminals Mr. Erik Christensen; Secretary, Hong Kong Logistics Development Council Mr. Raymond Fan; Executive Director, Kerry Logistics Network Limited Mr. Vincent Wong; Vice-Mayor, Foshan Mr. Liang Yimin; Vice-Mayor, Shenzhen Mr. Chen Yingchun; Vice-Mayor, Dongguan Mr. Zhang Shunguang; Chairman, Hong Kong Hospital Authority Dr. Leong Che-Hung; and Head, Hong Kong Guangdong Cooperation Coordination Unit, HKSARG Ms. Kitty Choi.

The conference again, is jointly presented by the South China Morning Post and Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and organised by SCMP Conferences. Sponsors of the conference include Mainland Headwear; Bank of China; Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Invest Hong Kong; Nortel Networks and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks.

The admission fee for this conference is HK$1,600 per person (HK$1,200 per person for HKGCC members only). Interested parties, please contact Adeline Lim at (852) 2565 2420 for registration or visit http://conferences.scmp.com.

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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited publishes the South China Morning Post and the Sunday Morning Post, the premier English language daily and Sunday newspapers with the highest circulation and readership of any English language newspaper in Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post, with its first edition published in 1903, is a leading commentator on Greater China and is read widely by government officials, business people, professionals and academics. It is also the market leader for display and recruitment advertising in Hong Kong. Through its subscription-based online service, SCMP.com, a global audience is offered access to unrivalled, independent, local news coverage and in-depth analysis of Greater China. The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SCMP Group Limited whose shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

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For media enquiry, please contact:

Prudence Lai
Public Relations Manager
South China Morning Post Publishers Limited
Tel: (852) 2565 2415
Fax: (852) 2565 2429
Email: communications@scmp.com

For further information about the conference, please contact:
Adeline Lim
Senior Conference Manager
South China Morning Post Publishers Limited
Tel: (852) 2565 2420
Email: adeline.lim@scmp.com

SCMP Group Limited Interim Results

– Interim results for the six months period ended 30 June 2003

Highlights

  • Turnover: HK$613.6 million (2002: HK$669.9 million; down by 8 %)
  • Net profit: HK$ 34.0 million (2002: HK$90.1 million; down by 62 %)
  • Earnings per share: HK2.18 cents (2002: HK5.19 cents; down by 58 %)
  • Interim dividend distribution per share: HK 2 cents

(Hong Kong, September 5, 2003) – SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) ("the Group") today announced its interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2003.

Turnover for the first six months of the year was HK$ 613.6 million and net profit was HK$34.0 million, which included a charge of HK$8.5 million for the impact of a change in accounting standard and an increase in corporate tax rate relating to deferred tax and HK$10.9 million for office relocation and reorganisation expenses.

The Group’s consolidated revenue decreased by 8 % compared with the same period last year. The SARS outbreak in March had a material adverse impact on the Group’s core business of newspapers and magazines publishing. Advertising revenue for the newspaper division was down 19 %. Despite several cost saving measures implemented during the period, EBITDA decreased by 14 % to HK$109.4 million.

Operating costs before depreciation decreased by 7 % to HK$504.2 million, as a result of a reduction in headcount, lower newsprint costs, rental reduction from the disposal of a subsidiary and a cutback in advertising and promotion expenses. Staff costs were down 12% due to headcount reductions, a temporary salary reduction program, and the sale of non-core businesses. As at June 30, 2003, the Group had 1,262 employees compared to 1,293 as at December 31, 2002 and 1,321 as at June 30, 2002. Newsprint cost and usage were lower by 23% and 10%, respectively. Rental and utilities also decreased by 14% as a result of the sale of non-core businesses.

The Board declared an interim dividend distribution of HK 2 cents per share.

Commenting on the business prospects ahead, Kuok Khoon Ean, Chairman of the Group said, "Whilst there are signs of recovery from SARS boosted in part by the Government economic stimulus package, unemployment continues to rise to record levels and deflationary pressures continue to affect some sectors. Against this backdrop, advertising and circulation sales have improved but the pace and strength of such recovery remain uncertain.

Our long-term focus remains unchanged: delivering quality content that is relevant to our readers, offering an enhanced ability to serve our customers, and making strategic investments to enhance the value of our existing assets and extend our brand. We will continue with these initiatives, combined with strong financial discipline, to position our businesses for growth as we enter our centenary year."

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About SCMP Group Limited

SCMP Group Limited is the holding company of South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, publisher of Hong Kong’s leading English language newspapers South China Morning Post and Sunday Morning Post. SCMP Group is also involved in magazines and books publishing, retailing, commercial and business video and film post-production and investments. The Group’s shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

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For media enquiry, please contact:

Prudence Lai
Public Relations Manager
Marketing and Communications
SCMP Group Limited
Tel: (852) 2565 2415
Fax: (852) 2565 2429
Email: communications@scmp.com

Experts To Discuss Talent Issues In Greater China

Hong Kong, August 14, 2003 – The Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Hon Donald Tsang, GBM, JP, will deliver the keynote address at a conference entitled "Getting serious about people: Capitalising on talent in Greater China".

The conference will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on September 29, 2003 from 9:15am – 4:30pm. The one-day conference will give speakers and attendees the opportunity to hear and participate in discussions about the implications of the recent population policy on building a quality talent pool in Greater China.

Some of the speakers include CEO, Greater China and Director, Standard Chartered Bank Mr. Peter Wong; Vice Chairman and President, China Resources (Holdings) Co Ltd Mr. Frank Ning; Chairman & Chief Executive, Giordano Mr. Peter Lau; President, East and South Asia Group, Coca-Cola Asia Mr. Patrick Siewert; General Manager, North Asia, PeopleSoft Mr. Rob Wells; Partner, HR Practices, KPMG Ms Irene Heffernan Ho; and Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Business Development, Watson Wyatt Worldwide Ms Paula DeLisle.

South China Morning Post presents the conference, in conjunction with Classified Post and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. It is organised by SCMP Conferences and sponsored by PeopleSoft.

The admission fee for this conference is HK$1,500 per person. If you are interested, please contact Adeline Lim at (852) 2565 2420 for registration or visit www.conferences.scmp.com. If you are an AmCham member, please register directly with Mimi Shih at (852) 2530 6918.

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About South China Morning Post Publishers Limited

South China Morning Post Publishers Limited publishes the South China Morning Post and the Sunday Morning Post, the premier English language daily and Sunday newspapers with the highest circulation and readership of any English language newspaper in Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post is a leading commentator on Greater China and is read widely by government officials, business people, professionals and academics globally. Its Classified Post is also the market leader for recruitment advertising in Hong Kong. Through its subscription-based online service, SCMP.com, global audience is offered access to unrivalled, independent, local news coverage and in-depth analysis of Greater China. The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SCMP Group Limited whose shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

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For media enquiry, please contact:

Prudence Lai
Public Relations Manager
Marketing and Communications
South China Morning Post Publishers Limited
Tel: (852) 2565 2415
Fax: (852) 2565 2429
Email: communications@scmp.com

For further information about the conference, please contact:
Adeline Lim
Senior Conference Manager
Marketing and Communications
South China Morning Post Publishers Limited
Tel: (852) 2565 2420
Email: adeline.lim@scmp.com

SCMP Group Appoints Group Editor-in-Chief

Hong Kong, February 17, 2003 – SCMP Group is pleased to announce the appointment of David Armstrong as Group Editor-in-Chief, with effect from April 1, 2003.

Mr Armstrong will oversee and supervise the Editorial Division of the South China Morning Post and the Sunday Morning Post, and will be involved in developing SCMP Group’s publishing initiatives in this region.

Mr Armstrong joined the South China Morning Post in 1993 as editor and was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1994. Two years later, he returned to Sydney to take up the position of editor-in-chief of Australia’s national daily newspaper, The Australian, where he has been since.

Mr Armstrong has had a very successful career as a journalist, editor and media manager. He was editor of Australia’s The Canberra Times and The Bulletin, and deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph in Sydney.

About SCMP Group Limited

SCMP Group Limited is the holding company of South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Hong Kong’s leading publisher of English language newspapers (South China Morning Post and Sunday Morning Post), and, through other Group companies, is involved in the publication of magazines, retailing, commercial and business video production and property investments. The Group’s shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.


Contact:

Prudence Lai
Corporate Communications Department
SCMP Group Limited
Tel: (852) 2565 2415
Fax: (852) 2565 2429
Email: prudence.lai@scmp.com